Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Latest Pirate Attack Is in Progress - Against Us!

Consider the $246 billion tobacco settlement, reached by 46 state attorneys general and the tobacco industry. Was it simply a way to line lawyers' pockets and create a slush fund for lawmakers? While trial lawyers took in $8.2 billion in legal fees, suing states have spent their shares of the funds on items unconnected to tobacco-related illnesses or anti-smoking education.

Could this be just another unsavory connection between trial lawyers and wanton pursuit of $$$$?

John Edwards, a former U.S. senator and one-time vice presidential candidate, made a fortune out of suing doctors in medical malpractice cases, claiming that physicians' errors were causing cerebral palsy in infants during childbirth.The real science, though, pointed to genetics, not botched deliveries, a fact revealed during, not after, the roughly 10-year period that Edwards was trying cerebral palsy cases.

Corporations that lose major lawsuits can rarely pay exorbitant judgements from war chests. They must raise consumer prices, declare bankruptcy, lay off employees, raid pension funds, drop dividend payments, or all of the above. While this may be good for a few lawyers and clients, it can be devastating to future customers, employees, retirees and their next of kin.

And now, the latest target of the wealthy parasitic trial lawyers :
PARIS — (AFP) Climate change: Dogs of law are off the leash
From being a marginal and even mocked issue, climate-change litigation is fast emerging as a new frontier of law where some believe hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake.

In the past three years, the number of climate-related lawsuits has ballooned, filling the void of political efforts in tackling greenhouse-gas emissions.

"There's a large number of entrepreneurial lawyers and NGOs who are hunting around for a way to gain leverage on the climate problem," said David Victor, director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California at San Diego.

Lawsuits in the United States related directly or indirectly almost tripled in 2010 over 2009, reaching 132 filings after 48 a year earlier, according to a Deutsche Bank report

In this area, the floodgates have opened. - Michael Gerrard, Director Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, New York, Deutsche Bank report contributor.

A growing number of U.S. Supreme Court justices admit to considering decisions by international courts in weighing their own opinions. International courts of course are predominantly socialist. While socialist countries may still have some religious practitioners, the notion of God is often considered suitable for lame brains. You will find a good many European church buildings are actually museums today.

If climate change is the fault of mankind rather than a contractually exempt act of God (or Force majeur), someone gets sued, which is certainly very convenient for politicians, trial lawyers and justices to treat God as dead. Remember, our judiciary is comprised of trial lawyers, the U.S. Senate is average over 60% trial lawyers, and almost half of House representatives are trial attorneys.

Has the U.S. Lawyer-Political Complex corrupted our government and economy? We may not have to wait long to learn the answer. Connecticut has demanded an injunction against major power companies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In this case a ruling is expected in June 2011.



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